This weekend in each parish throughout the diocese we are formally launching our Synod Pathway. As you will see below, the first phase is to train and prepare people to be local listeners in this process and then to roll out a whole series of practical opportunities to have listening events and opportunities. If you feel you could contribute to the process as a listener, then see details below about two events to help you find out more.
Diocese of Northampton- Becoming a Local Listener
To make the Synod happen across our diocese, we need people to answer Pope Francis’ call. Conversations can be held in parishes or schools, in local Catholic groups, or around kitchen tables. They can be organised and facilitated groups, or informal chats.
Listening is at the heart of the Synod process. With gracious, active listening, everyone involved is brought closer to the movement of the Holy Spirit. How can we listen with all our hearts? How do we make sure that no-one is left out?
We know that people are very busy, especially at this time of year. So we are asking you to get involved in a particular and limited way. Local listeners will be our key gatherers, the hands and ears of the synod process. We are asking each one to organise either one group or a couple of individual conversations. Groups could be a formal parish meeting, the group that you’re already involved in, or friends, family or others on the margins. It could be a group of school mums, baptismal or first communion parents, old folks in a nursing home, the young people in your parish or school, a group in a prison. The Pope has particularly asked for existing structures, such as parish councils and pastoral area councils to take part. Once you’ve had your conversation, write up your notes, and submit them via the portal on the website (coming soon). Local listeners will also be invited to take part in the final assembly. To find out more, come along to our webinar on 1st November, which will explore our diocesan process in more detail. https://synod_webinar.eventbrite.co.uk.
Register your interest in being a local listener here: (email going to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) Come along to our training session on 6th November, 1-4pm, St Mary’s Woburn Sands, to explore what being a local listener will mean. https://synod_listening.eventbrite.co.uk
Churches Together in Woburn Sands
Click here for this months copy of Christian News. It contains news from all of the churches in Woburn Sands, including our feast day celebration at St Mary’s August. There’s a great picture of Fr Maria too
Pray for the living and the Dead
November is traditionally a month when we pray for those who have died. We will remember our loved ones who have died at all of the Masses throughout the month. If you would like us to pray for anyone in particular, please complete one of the forms at Mass or Email their names to the office using the link below, and we will place them before the altar.
Those who have died recently
Please pray for all of our loved ones who have died recently, especially:
- Robertino Sortino whose Funeral takes place on 27th October
- Peter Kumadi whose funeral takes place on 29th October at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone
- Ian Ward whose Funeral will take place on 12th November at St Mary’s Church.
- Karen McCormack whose Funeral will take place on 12th November at St Edward’s Church.
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light come upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen”
It’s shoebox time again.
Every year at St Mary’s at Woburn sands we join the Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Click the above picture to see how it works (in a fun way).Return your filled box, along with a £5.00 donation to cover transport, to 11am Mass on either yhe 7th or 14th of November.
Our Lady of the Rosary
Please join us every Thursday at 7.30pm to Pray the Rosary
Zoom ID. 7093080513
We look forward to seeing you.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
Thank you for your patience over the last few weeks whilst we began to make preparations for this year’s First Communion preparation programme. As you know, because of last year’s disruption, there are two year groups (Year 3 and Year 4) to prepare this year. At the back of church or in the sacristy on Sunday you will find a registration form. If your child is in Year 3 or over and would like to make their First Communion this year, please complete one of the forms and we will get back to you with details of the appropriate programme.
Bishop David will join us to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in the summer term of next year. After Christmas we will begin our preparation programme for young people in Year 8 and over. Registration forms will be available later in the year.
The Season of Creation runs from 1 September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year.
This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.
We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth our common home.
A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:
(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**
(2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE
Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.
(3) ONLINE DONATION
It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link
PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.